Several customers have asked how to create a source media drop that only contains the management tools. SQL Server 2005 had a Tools folder, but this was removed in SQL Server 2008 as the source media layout was changed.  The SQL Server 2005 source media layout caused problems when a customer would copy the Servers folder to a network shared and did not include the Tools folder. Below, I have a script that you can use to create a tools only drop from your original SQL Server 2008 source media, excluding the SQL Server Express source media. This script will produce a drop that is 538 MB versus 4.39 GB for the full media.


  • This script is not fully supported and tested by Microsoft, but I will assist folks if needed and as time permits.
  • To create the smallest size tools drop, I have removed the components to install on a 64-bit machine or into WOW64.
  • Prior to any deployment, please ensure you verify the drop installs and the features you need are installed and working correctly
  • This drop is ONLY supported on a 32-bit system. I will consider expanding as time permits.
  • The script requires robocopy.exe
  • You need to set the source in the script (e.g. if your source media is on the DVD (D: drive), the %source% variable would be D: without the "\")

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set source=c:\sqlfull_enu
set dest=C:\SQLFULL_ENU_ToolsOnly

REM Copy Root ONLY
robocopy %source% %dest%

REM Copy Root of x86 ONLY
robocopy %source%\x86 %dest%\x86 /XF fixsqlregistrykey_ia64.exe fixsqlregistrykey_x64.exe

robocopy %source%\x86\1033 %dest%\x86\1033

robocopy %source%\x86\help %dest%\x86\help /S

REM Copy redists
robocopy %source%\x86\redist\DotNetFrameworks %dest%\x86\redist\DotNetFrameworks /S /XF *x64* *ia64* /XD x64
robocopy %source%\x86\redist\Powershell %dest%\x86\redist\Powershell /S /XD ia64 x64
robocopy %source%\x86\redist\Watson %dest%\x86\redist\Watson /S
robocopy "%source%\x86\redist\Windows Installer" "%dest%\x86\redist\Windows Installer" /S /XD ia64 x64

REM Setup Folder and exclude folders and files that aren't needed
robocopy %source%\x86\Setup %dest%\x86\Setup /S /XD sql_engine_core_inst_loc_msi sql_engine_core_inst_msi sql_engine_core_shared_loc_msi sql_engine_core_shared_msi x64 /XF rsfx.msi rsSharePoint.msi sql_as.msi sql_bids.msi sql_fulltext.msi sql_is.msi sql_rs.msi sqlbrowser.msi SQLServer2008_BOL.msi Synchronization.msi SyncServicesADO.msi sql_as_loc.msi sql_is_loc.msi sql_rs_loc.msi sqlserver2005_bc.msi sqlwriter.msi

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